Top Five Most Anticipated Reads: September

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5.) The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The Scorpion Rules

Publish Date: September 22nd, 2015

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

I am pretty excited to read this book, it sounds SUPER interesting. Basically to prevent war on Earth the daughters and sons of the world’s generals, kings, presidents are kept as hostages. So if a nation declares war then their child is killed. Now doesn’t that sound like a promising book? The more I think about it the more excited I get! I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

4.) Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

Publish Date: September 22nd, 2015

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy – #1

First off isn’t that a GORGEOUS cover? This book is about a girl who can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. It’s set during the Gold Rush so you know it’s got to be good.

3.)  The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Publish Date: September 15th, 2015

Publisher: Tor

Again. Isn’t that cover awesome? This is an epic fantasy (not YA) about a girl who hides within the ranks of an empire who conquered her land, her goal is to climb high enough to be able to free her people. As a test to her loyalty this empire sends Baru to Aurdwynn where she must bring order, this land isn’t easily tamed though and Baru must play the games of power in order to survive. Also she has an attraction to a Duchess Tain Hu, so perhaps a lesbian romance? Exciting. I LOVE fantasy novels and this one sounds SO promising!

2.) Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road

Publish Date: September 1st, 2015

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Sheesh, what is it about all these amazing covers? I absolutely adore this one though. This is a western YA book and I’m excited just by that fact, seems to me we don’t have enough western YA’s. “Vengeance Road” is about a girl, Kate Thompson, whose father is killed by a gang known as the Rose Riders, and then she basically goes on a revenge kick. Awesome? Yes. Kill Bill-esque? Maybe so, and I LOVED those movies. So I will definitely be picking this book when it’s released.  (Tomorrow)

1.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Publish Date: September 29th, 2015

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Series: Six of Crows – #1

So for those of you who follow this blog then you already know how excited I am for “Six of Crows”. For those of you who don’t (even though you totally should) then I shall tell you. Six of Crows is about one grand heist and an ensemble cast of six outcast characters trying to pull it off. It’s been compared to being “Ocean’s Eleven meets Game of Thrones” if that doesn’t hook you then I don’t know what will.

The Sassy

Making Up For Monday: Not So Heroic

This is a weekly meme hosted by An Avid Reader; A Wanna Be Writer!

This week’s question: Who is your least favorite hero-esque character and why?  

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Now I know I’ve said this at least once on this blog before but I’ll say it again: Alina Starkov. I hated her with a burning, fiery passion. I’m actually not even sure she should qualify as a hero for this question, that’s how awful she was. She’s just a pathetic, sad excuse for a heroine. I thought she was a complete damsel, and she had no idea what she was doing 100% of the time. Does that sound like the type of hero you want to rely on to save your fantasy world? No. No it does not.

Granted I’m picking Alina based solely on her character in “Shadow and Bone” because I have not read the rest of the Grisha trilogy yet, I’m working on it people!

Mini Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

 

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Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

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This book really is just decent, it’s not anything special and it’s not anything game changing. It’s just kind of “Meh, whatever”, but I still enjoyed it enough.

This isn’t really a normal genre for me to be reading, so there wasn’t a whole lot of anything for me to be excited about. This review will more than likely be short and sweet.

So “The Husband’s Secret” was an interesting enough story, I mean I finished it quite quickly, but the whole “mystery” that is supposed to be the center of the book isn’t really that much of a mystery. The “secret” that the ENTIRE book is about is revealed way too early. If you read the blurb for this book then you know that the whole climax for “The Husband’s Secret” is the reveal of the husband’s secret! So there is about zero suspense after a quarter of the book is done. However the writing is fast paced enough that reading this book isn’t very time consuming.

The characters are all women, upper class and very privileged women.  I found them all to be extremely self centered and annoying. Seriously, that description is all of the characters dead-on. Also I definitely didn’t feel attached to any of them. I mean bad shit happens to them and I’m over like “Good. You deserved it.” Which is really horrible but also true.

The only thing that really made this book decent, and easy to read was the writing. Liane Moriarty writes very, VERY well. It’s simple enough to understand and entertaining enough to keep you reading. Even though I disliked the characters, they were very well written for what they were, selfish and troubled. Their stories are weaved and entwined together rather perfectly too.

So in the end the book is just adequate, it’s not really the kind of book I would go around recommending to everyone.

Sorry if my review is too short and not filled with enough opinion and info but this is what happens when I read outside of my genre comfort zone.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy

The Book Blogger TMI Tag

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Ok so I decided to do this tag because I’m a very, VERY new book blogger still. We’re talking weeks old here people. Therefore I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give all you fabulous people reading this some information about me!! I wasn’t tagged by anyone but that won’t be happening for a long time anyways. I do what I want! I also just really love answering questions.

So let’s begin shall we?

How Old Are You?

I’m 20 years old but I’ll be 21 soon, so you should just think of me as 21.

What Book Are You Reading?

I just started “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh. Very exciting, I hear nothing but good things about this book.

What Are You Wearing?

This sounds creepy. I’m wearing shorts and a T-Shirt, and you now know my entire wardrobe.

Favorite OTP?

Ummmmm I have to pick just one? Then it’s Aragorn and Arwen from “The Lord of the Rings” all the way. I adore them.

Blogger or WordPress?

Well I have no idea about Blogger and my blog is hosted on WordPress soooooo…..Wordpress!

Going Outside Being Active Or Staying In And Reading A Book?

Does going outside and reading count? Because that’s what I do. Otherwise I pick staying in and reading a book. This is me being outside:

What Is The Last Book You Read?

Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick. It’s fantastic. I gave brief review of it here on my blog if you’re interested in reading awesomeness.

What Is The Book You’re Going To Read Next?

I actually never really know because library books I put on hold randomly pop in and ruin my plans but I’m going to say “Anna Dressed In Blood” will be next!

Ebooks – yes or no?

Yes! While I do enjoy having beautiful physical copies to hold and love and show off, I really love the convenience of using ebooks. Can’t find a book you want? Bam! Buy the ebook. More often than not they’re cheaper as well.

Where Do You Prefer To Read?

In a big old comfy chair in the living room! But I don’t usually get to read there because people are disruptive, so I opt for either my bed or my hammock outside.

Who Is The Last Person You Tweeted?

On my personal Twitter, I don’t tweet. Ever. On my book blog Twitter account I haven’t tweeted anyone because I have no bookish friends yet. :

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Katniss is my spirit animal.

Whose Blog Did You Look At Last?

The Deadly Darlings. I love their blog. I stalk by there all the time.

Who Is Your Favorite Blogger?

I can’t pick favorites, that feels a little rude. They’re all wonderful.

Who Is Your Favorite Book-Tuber?

I have only ever watched 3 so: Jesse The Reader, Kat at Katytastic, and Emily May at The Book Geek.

What Do You Do When Someone Tells You Reading Is Boring?

Usually people don’t, but if they did I’d sit and desperately try to convince them otherwise. Desperately. With lots of talking and hand gestures.

Who Is The Last Author You Talked To?

I haven’t talked to any….I’m new at this.

Who Is The Last Person You Texted?

My boyfriend, I send him a lot of random things that pop into my head all day, every day. Poor guy.

Who Is Your All Time Favorite Book Character?

WHAT? I HAVE TO PICK JUST ONE? I don’t think I can, physically or emotionally. But I’m going to have to go with…….Daenerys Targaryen. She’s awesome, I wanna be her best friend maybe she’d let me have a dragon.

UKYA or USYA?

I am actually not sure how much UKYA I’ve actually read……so I’m going to go with USYA and hope nobody hates me for it.

What Is Your Preferred Drink Whilst Reading?

I don’t have a preference, I’m actually lucky if I remember to get anything to drink before I start reading. But I’d have to say tea, hot tea or iced tea. I freaking love tea in all of its forms.

If You Hated Reading What Would You Be Doing Instead?

Binge watching TV and movies. Either on Netflix or from my hundred DVD/Bluray collection, I have a problem.

How Many Bookshelves/Bookcases Do You Have?

I think I have 5, they’re not huge or anything. I also have stacks of books on top of my end table, stacked on top of the bookcases, stacked in piles on the floor by my bed, and then I have boxes of other books in my closet. I also have a lot of ebooks and they don’t make a mess.

If You Had The Choice To Meet All Of Your Favorite Book Bloggers Or All Of Your Favorite Authors, Which Would You Pick? You Can Only Pick One.

Bloggers. I would feel ten times more comfortable with bloggers than authors, plus I’d be able to discuss a wider range of books with bloggers.

Insta-Love: Yes or No?

Favorite Author?

I hate all these favorite questions….I don’t pick favorites. So unfair. Fine though, I pick George R.R. Martin. You hear that Martin? Now finish my next book! *shakes fist up at the heavens*

What Is The Number One Book On Your Wish-List?

Lips Touch: Three Times” by Laini Taylor. I want this book with a burning, fiery passion. Hopefully someone will buy this for my birthday because I NEED IT!

Do You Prefer Books With Female or Male Protagonists?

Both are definitely fine with me, a good character is a good character in my eyes. However, I feel like I never read enough books with male protagonists, but I still don’t prefer one over the other.

Which Is Your Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptation?

The mother-trucking “The Lord of the Rings” !!!!!

What Is The Last Song You Listened To?

Of my own free will? “Uma Thurman” by Fallout Boy. Fallout Boy is the greatest band in the history of bands. Period

What Do You Enjoy Reading More – Negative Reviews or Positive Reviews?

Both. I like to hear all perspectives on a book, that way I ensure if it’s something I actually want to read or not.

The Sassy

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Six of Crows

(hosted by Breaking the Spine)

This week’s book I “can’t wait to read” is:

“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: September 29th, 2015  (My Birthday! Woot! Woot! Talk about the perfect present!)

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Fantasy 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).

After some thought I’ve decided to “teach” Young Adult Fantasy 101. This is my syllabus:

1.) We shall start my class with the mother of all fantasy books:

 

Harry Potter! This counts as Young Adult Fantasy right? Of course it does because I’m the Professor and I said it does, so sit back down. I can’t possibly teach a class about YA Fantasy and NOT talk about the perfection that is Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling is a goddess of writing ya’ll. Do we have time to read all 7 in this syllabus? We will make time my dear pupils. The Harry Potter series cover one of the MAJOR fantasy necessities: magic. You don’t have to have magic to be in the fantasy genre but it is a big element and Harry Potter is all about that magic. It also has an imaginary world (Hogwarts) and magical creatures (Hippogriffs, etc.). With these books we can concentrate on the magical aspect of the YA Fantasy genre.

2.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien:

Now if we can’t have YA Fantasy 101 without Harry Potter then surely, SURELY we absolutely cannot have it without anything by Tolkien!! Now you may be wondering why I picked “The Hobbit” over any of “The Lord of the Rings” books, and the reason is that “The Hobbit” quite simply is easier to follow and understand. If this was Fantasy 101 then we’d probably switch them out but this is YA Fantasy 101 and “The Hobbit” just fits better. With this book we have all the classic fantasy traits: different races (men, elves, dwarves, hobbits), magic, it’s 100% imaginary world setting, and the traditional good vs. evil. So that should be all the reason I need to include this into my syllabus.

3.) Half a King by Joe Abercrombie:

This is a perfect example of a YA Fantasy book that blends many of the fantasy subgenres together. Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, and so forth. Once again it shows traditional elements of magic and magical races (elves). But then it shows the grim atmosphere of Dark Fantasy with its royal politics and betrayals and such.

4.) Eragon by Christopher Paolini:

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)

Dragons. This is included because there’s dragons…..I’m sorry doesn’t that count? Fine. “Eragon” demonstrates the fantasy element of magical creatures very well because obviously…dragons. But it also has the traditional races such as elves and men, and contains magic.

5.) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes:

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

This is essentially the Young Adult version of “Game of Thrones”, and since that is definitely an adult fantasy book I’m including “Falling Kingdoms” as my replacement. You have your magic, royal politics, different POV’s, and so forth. I think the whole YA “Game of Thrones” is enough to convince you that it NEEDS to be included into the syllabus.

6.) Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas:

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

This series is HUGE in YA Fantasy. It’s set in an imaginary world, with royals, battles, all that good stuff. It needs to be included. It just does.

7.) Graceling by Kristin Cashore:

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

Same as with “Throne of Glass” I think it’s very hard to think about YA Fantasy and not include “Graceling” on the list. It is a staple of YA Fantasy in my opinion.

8.) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch:

A fairly recent addition to the YA Fantasy genre but a very, very good one. It’s fantasy because you have your basic sword and sorcery type stuff going on and it’s young adult because you get your love triangles and male eye candy! Ta-Da!

9.) Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan:

Again, I’m including the entire series….because I can. These books contain everything you need in a fantasy series: magical creatures (Pegasi), magic, different races (demigods, gods, cyclops, etc.). It’s awesome. The Percy Jackson series focuses on Greek mythology, and combining them with our modern day world. They will help us focus on the aspect of magical races and creatures in the YA Fantasy genre. (I know this is technically Middle Grade but I don’t care!)

10.) And finally, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:

I think I’m putting this one in as a “What Not To Do If You Want A YA Fantasy”. There’s very light world building. There is magic though so there’s some points. I also don’t feel right doing a syllabus about YA Fantasy and not having this one here.

So what do you guys think? Would you want to take my YA Fantasy course?

The Sassy

Mini Book Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega

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Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. .

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“Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned”

 First off I’d like to say that for this book I committed one of the ultimate book sins. I judged a book by it’s cover. I was strolling through Barnes & Noble when I saw this bad boy on one of the shelves, and I knew I had to have it regardless of what it was even about. I know, it’s bad. But look at it….it’s so awesome. I mean a hot pink cover with a pentagram on it, and that’s basically it? It was so enticing. So I read the little description and I was kind of put off by the whole “mean girl” vibe I was getting from it but I still had to have the book anyways.

Now before I really start with the review let me just say this book is Mean Girls with a lot more gore and scary shit. You’ll see a lot of other reviews that state the same thing. I personally love all of these being a combination but if you didn’t enjoy Mean Girls or you want your horror books without the girl drama then “The Merciless” might not be for you.

I have a lot of mixed feelings about “The Merciless” I’m going to try my best to express both sides of what I hated and liked about it.

The characters weren’t all that interesting and I didn’t feel attached to them whatsoever, there wasn’t any depth to them I felt. The could all have been built up so much MORE, this book is very character driven and they just weren’t doing it for me, if they had been I feel the book would’ve been a lot scarier than it ended up being. There just wasn’t any character development. We basically had a bunch of high school girl cliches running around freaking out and starting cat fights the whole book. That’s basically all they did.

The plot was pretty creepy and twisted at points though, there’s definitely a lot of gore and a few (very few) scary scenes that made it worth the read for me. I could have done with out a lot of the high school drama but that was what drove the plot so I can forgive it. Also there’s a pretty good plot twist towards the end of the book that was pretty mind blowing and disturbing, I loved it. And even if you’re like me and love more of the horror and gore aspect of the book then you will LOVE the ending, I promise.

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The writing was simple enough to understand but very….underwhelming. Danielle Vega underwrote this book. She could have taken the suspense and the characters and the plot to a whole other level if she hadn’t concentrated so hard on writing in the girl drama and cheap scares. Don’t get me wrong there were some very gory and creeptastic scenes but it wasn’t SCARY enough. Vega could have written more about the true evil of human nature or something like that, I mean the whole book is about a group of girls torturing another girl because she’s different. But nope. Vega went for supernatural horror, which I do love, and she did a decent job with it. I just felt a little robbed.

In short, I hated the book for it’s girl drama and unimpressive writing, but I loved it for the gore and for the few truly sinister plot pieces.

So in the end I did kind of enjoy the book, although there were many issues with it. I don’t recommend this book for the younger teenage group since parts of “The Merciless” get pretty graphic. I do recommend this read for people who like YA Horror, that is if you aren’t put off by the Mean Girls-esque style of it or anyone who doesn’t mind a shallow plot and shallow characters.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy